With education costs on the rise, enhancing student assistance is a top priority for Acadia. Each year, we award more than $4 million to students in the form of scholarships, scholar-bursaries, bursaries, awards, and prizes. By maintaining a strong scholarship and financial assistance program, we are able to attract, retain and support our students.
As a donor to scholarships and financial assistance, you can direct your gift toward: general award funds or awards for specific departments, faculties, research, or athletic teams; any existing named awards; or you can create a personal legacy by establishing a named award yourself. By supporting scholarships and financial assistance, you can help to ensure access to all of the rewards of an Acadia education.
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Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science
The Carl and Miriam Beals Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually from the Estate of Carlyle Smith Beals (B.A. Acadia, 1919; M.A., Toronto, 1923; Ph.D., Imperial College of Science and Technology, London Un., 1926; D.Sc., London, 1934; (hon.) D.Sc., Acadia 1948) and Miriam Bancroft Beals (Acadia Ladies Sem. 1922). It is awarded in alternate years to a continuing student in fine arts and a student in the general field of science on recommendation of the Dean of Arts and Dean of Pure and Applied Science respectively.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Latin, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year
The Cecil H. and Elizabeth C. Kennedy Memorial Scholarships. Several scholarships to a total value of $10,425 are awarded annually to students entering their second or subsequent year in the Bachelor of Arts program who in the previous year have attained a high overall average and firstclass standing in either Greek or Latin. In years when there is an insufficient number of candidates who meet all criteria for the award, the scholarships may be awarded to other meritorious students in the Faculty of Arts on the recommendation of the Dean.
Award | Eligibility: Arts, Women's and Gender Studies
The CFUW Wolfville Award will be awarded with preference to a student majoring or minoring in Women’s and Gender studies or who is enrolled in one of the three core courses of the program. The recipient will be chosen based on submission and presentation to an adjudication committee of a scholarly project on a topic related to Women’s and Gender Studies.
This award was established by the Canadian Federation of University Women, Nova Scotia in July 2005.
Scholarship of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Entering final Year
The Chancellor Libby Burnham Scholarship in the Faculty of Arts is awarded annually to a student entering their final year of an undergraduate degree program in the Faculty. The scholarship will be awarded to a student in recognition of their contributions to the Arts in their field of study, academics, as determined by the previous year’s marks and on the basis of an interview and the submission of a representative piece of work or works, which will be reviewed by an examining committee. Dr. Libby Burnham was the 6th Chancellor of Acadia University. She graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts and went on to become a lawyer. The award is provided by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University.
Award | Eligibility: Arts, History
The Charles Roderick Brophy Award in History. Established in 2013 by Rod and Lynda Morrison in memory of Lynda's father. To be awarded to a student majoring in History who combines outstanding academic achievement with demonstrated commitment to volunteer service and/or the enrichment of campus life.
Scholarship of up to $730 | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Charles Woodbury Williams Scholarship in English of the value of $730 is to be awarded at the discretion of the English Department. Normally priority will be given to an honours student of outstanding ability, but failing such, the scholarship may be awarded to a major student of exceptional promise.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Nova Scotia
Established in 2016 by friends and family of Lynn Chipman (’07) and Kim Rose (’87), this entrance award is granted to a full-time female student from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Value: $1,000.
Lynn Chipman had a 33-year career at Acadia in Technology Services, finishing as Manager of Information Systems. She earned a Certificate and Diploma in Business, Certificate in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Business Administration during that time. She was an endearing and supportive co-worker, a leader within her team.
Kim Rose joined Computing Services in 1991 after receiving a Bachelor of Computer Science from Acadia. Eventually she became Director of User Support and later, Director of Open Acadia. Kim left her mark on Acadia, ensuring that students received top-notch technology support and that her co-workers were provided every opportunity to be successful.
Award | Eligibility: Arts, Theatre, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Class of '43 Memorial Award is given annually on recommendation of the Director of the Theatre Studies program to a superior student, new or returning, who is in need of money. The award is in memory of class members who died in World War II: Sidney Ford, Thomas Henry, John Lawson, John Lavine, and J. Douglas MacNearney.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Current 2nd year
The Class of 1905 Scholarship. The Class of 1905 has established an annual scholarship of $80 to be awarded to the second year student in Arts who has made the highest average in the first year.
Prize of up to $40 | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Class of 1907 Essay Prize. The Class of 1907, by an endowed gift, has established an essay prize of the annual value of $40. This prize will be awarded each year to the student enrolled in English 1006 in the winter session who, in the opinion of the Department of English, has written the best regularly required class essay.
Scholarship of up to $1,535 | Eligibility: Arts, Athletics, Divinity, Interdisciplinary Studies, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Class of 1933 Fiftieth Reunion Scholarship of $1535 is awarded annually to a post firstyear student in any faculty or school who has demonstrated academic excellence and displays qualities of leadership by participation in drama, music, athletics and/or community or student activities.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Colpitts Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student registered in the third or fourth year of a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The recipient will have demonstrated high academic achievement and qualities of leadership and personal integrity. Preference will be given to those interested in pursuing careers in human services and who have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is made possible through the thoughtful generosity of Athena Bell Colpitts and Reverend Robert Alder Colpitts, who both graduated from Acadia in 1934.
Award of up to $2,500 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science
The Colville Awards are annually awarded on the recommendation of the Deans to a leading student in the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Professional Studies, and the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science, who is entering the final year of an Honours program. Awards shall be made in May and may be used during the summer and the ensuing academic year.
The Colville Awards were established by the Board of Governors in 1991 to recognize the distinguished contribution of David Alexander Colville, CC, as Chancellor 1980-1991.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, History, Current 4th year
The Constance Hayward Scholarships in History are awarded annually to students studying toward honours degrees in history. For students entering the final year of a program, funds may be accessed for the spring or summer and ensuing academic year. The scholarships are provided from the estate of Miss Constance Hayward (B.A., Acadia '27). Miss Hayward was a member of Acadia's Board of Governors from 1969-1982. The scholarships were previously available to students enrolled in graduate programs in history.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Athletics, Professional Studies, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics
The Creaser/Margeson Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering or returning student participating in varsity athletics at Acadia. Preference may be given to a student entering a program in business, computer science, or economics.
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